Home Care Industry Strives to Stay Off ‘Regulatory Menu’

Throughout the past few years, home-based care — especially the private-duty industry — has gained greater recognition as a key part of the overall health care continuum. With that increased prominence, though, has come greater scrutiny. As part of an increase in attention, home health and hospice providers alike have made strategic moves to add […]

Home Care Registry Becomes Law in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law to establish a registry for home care workers employed by state-contracted in-home care agencies on Nov. 24. The registry has drawn controversy over whether it sufficiently protects worker privacy. The law requires state-contracted home care workers to include their name, gender, home and mailing addresses, job title and training or certifications. […]

Veto Prevents Sharing of Aides’ Info With California Unions

A bill that drew sharp criticism from home care industry advocates in California has been vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Under Assembly Bill 1513, the State Department of Social Services would have been required to provide the names and phone numbers of registered home care aides to labor unions, unless aides opted out. “Home […]

Where Private Duty and Home Health Can Partner Up

The transition period from hospital to home following a discharge is not only a crucial time to ensure overall patient health—it’s also an important opportunity for home health agencies and private duty care providers to band together. With the health care system placing a premium on limiting hospital readmissions, coordinated care between private duty and home […]

Illinois Hospital Referrals Must Go To Licensed Agencies

Home health industry advocates in the Land of Lincoln are cheering a newly approved bill relating to hospital referrals and licensed home health agencies. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law SB1676 on Aug. 21, which makes it so hospitals or other health care providers that receive state funding can’t refer a patient to an in-home care services […]

Home Care Providers Can Keep Tapping ‘Free Money’ Tax Credits

Home care agencies were scrambling this week to meet a filing deadline to receive tax credits through a program that has saved some providers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Wednesday was the deadline set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for some Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) filings. WOTC offers employers federal tax credits ranging between […]

Six Numbers that Can Unlock Better Home Care Staffing

It’s no secret that staffing presents a huge challenge for home care providers, with agencies across the country routinely seeing sky-high turnover rates. As of 2015, the median caregiver turnover rate was upward of 60%, according to survey data from Home Care Pulse. “This is crazy high,” Georjean Sweis, director of operations for Visiting Angels/Living […]

Business Briefs: National Home Health’s New CEO

National Home Health Care Corp. Names New CEO National Home Health Care Corp., the parent company of several home care services providers, has named Stan Dennis as CEO. Dennis succeeds Steven Fialkow, who is retiring after 33 years with the company. Dennis will remain on the company’s board. National Home Health is headquartered in Scarsdale, […]

NYTimes Criticizes ‘Absurd’ Fight Against Home Care Wage Rule

Though various home care agencies and associations loudly disagree, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to consider Home Care Association of America v. Weil is cause for celebration, according to The New York Times’ editorial board. In fact, exempting home care workers from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s so-called “companionship” clause is actually “a vital […]